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    18th and Final Matchday Permutations for the CONMEBOL Group Stages (South America)
    http://www.espnfc.com/world-cup-qual...ke-russia-2018

    Imagine a FIFA World Cup without Lionel Messi and possibly without Cristiano Ronaldo if Portugal doesn't go through the UEFA zone.
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Asia (AFC)

    AFC Fourth Round

    Second Leg FT Scores: October 10, 2017

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    Sydney's Stadium Australia come up trumps again for Australia, but only just.

    Ange Postecoglou and the defending AFC Asian Cup champions needed extra time to survive a scare against Syria 2-1 in the second leg of their AFC Fourth Round two-legged tie and 3-2 on overall aggregate to advance to the two-legged CONCACAF-AFC Inter-continental play-off against the fourth place team in the CONCACAF Fifth Round.

    Syria stunned the Sydney crowd six minutes into the match though when Melbourne Victory midfielder/defender Mark Milligan turned the ball over to Dhofar defensive midfielder Tamer Haj Mohamad and placed a perfect pass onto Al Ahli striker Omar Al Somah who pummeled the ball into the back of the net for the opening goal.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC-M_8Tiz2U

    Even more bad news for the Socceroos as Postecoglou had to make an early substitution as Huddersfield Town central midfielder Aaron Mooy had to replace Bournemouth defender Brad Smith who had a thigh injury.

    The Socceroos replied through their talisman as former Everton and New York Red Bulls turned Melbourne City attacking midfielder/forward Tim Cahill poked in a header off a Matthew Leckie cross into the box in the 13th minute to tie the game at 1-1.

    It was Cahill's 49th international goal for the Aussies.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VDNTADKDY8

    With no more goals scoring the rest of the way, the match went to extra time where the away goals rule comes into the play.

    Australia dominated the game in terms of shots and chances, but Syria were organized defensively and Al-Ittihad goalkeeper Ibrahim Alma made some good saves.

    However, the momentum shifted when Syria went down to 10 men as Umm Salal attacking midfielder/forward Mahmoud Al-Mawas received his second yellow card for his horrible challenge on Robbie Kruse in the 94th minute. Al-Mawas was booked in the 79th minute.

    Australia took advantage of the extra man when Cahill headed in his second goal of the match and the first Aussie to reach the 50 career international goal mark in the 103rd minute to give Australia a 2-1 lead.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAA2vyw7FI0

    Still, Syria had the last roll of the dice in the waning minutes of the second half of extra time and the pro-Aussie crowd inside Stadium Australia had their hearts in their mouths when Al Soma blazed his free kick off the post!
    If that went in, Syria would've had two away goals and advanced via the away goals rule.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0C7xc7Q2mM

    The Aussies breathed a huge sigh of relief when the final whistle blew and now await their Inter-confederation play-off opponent against the fourth place team in the CONCACAF Fifth Round in November.

    Heartbreak for Syria.

    Australia 2:1 (1:0) a.e.t. Syria
    - Australia wins 3-2 on aggregate.
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    Blow up the entire US soccer federation and start from scratch. Players all need to go (you can stay Pulisic), coaching staff, player development staff, and top decision-makers all need to be shown the door. We need to completely change how things are done.

    Farcical, embarrassing, and completely unacceptable to miss a World Cup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ZYanksRule View Post
    Blow up the entire US soccer federation and start from scratch. Players all need to go (you can stay Pulisic), coaching staff, player development staff, and top decision-makers all need to be shown the door. We need to completely change how things are done.

    Farcical, embarrassing, and completely unacceptable to miss a World Cup.
    We should never miss a World Cup when essentially four teams from CONCACAF will make it. The academy system for US soccer doesn't seem to be working, other than Pulisic (who spent a decent amount of time over in Germany) I can't think of any young superstars the US has developed recently. Although the current U17 team is doing well so maybe there will be some help pretty soon.

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    Trinidad and Tabago? Wow we suck.
    Baseball is life;
    the rest is just details.

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    The whole system is geared towards upper middle class families: the 'pay to play' crap. Blow.It.All.Up.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Europe (UEFA)

    UEFA First Round

    Group Matchday 10 FT Scores: October 10, 2017

    From FIFA.com and UEFA.com

    Group A
    1998 FIFA World Cup champions France book their first automatic spot since 2006 by winning Group A after a 2-1 victory over Belarus inside Saint-Denis' Stade de France.

    Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann scored his fourth goal of UEFA qualifying in the 27th minute to give Les Bleus a 1-0 lead.

    Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud also scored his fourth goal of UEFA qualifying to double France's lead in the 33rd minute.

    Dinamo Minsk midfielder Anton Saroka gave Didier Deschamps' men a scare with his goal in the 44th minute, but France held on to win Group A and book their place in Russia.

    1958 FIFA World Cup runners-up Sweden advance to the UEFA Second Round despite their 2-0 defeat to three-time FIFA World Cup runners-up the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

    In what could be his final game with the Oranje, Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben scored a first-half brace to left the Dutch.

    Robben's double gave him six goals in UEFA qualifying, but it wasn't enough for Dick Advocaat's men who needed a seven-goal victory to overtake the Swedes for second in Group A.

    FC Copenhagen goalkeeper Robin Olsen had six saves in a losing effort for Sweden.

    Olivier Thill and Ivaylo Chochev struck as Luxembourg and 1994 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place finishers Bulgaria share the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

    France 2:1 (2:1) Belarus
    Luxembourg 1:1 (1:0) Bulgaria
    Netherlands 2:0 (2:0) Sweden

    Group B
    Cristiano Ronaldo and 1966 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Portugal punched their automatic ticket to Russia after blanking three-time FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Switzerland 2-0 inside Lisbon's Estadio da Luz to win Group B.

    Antalyaspor and former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou giftwrapped Portugal a 1-0 lead with his own goal in the 41st minute.

    AC Milan striker Andre Silva scored his ninth goal of UEFA qualifying in the 57th minute to seal Portugal's trip to Russia.

    Switzerland advanced to the UEFA Second Round after finishing as one of the eight best runner-ups.

    Daniel Bode was Hungary's hero as he scored the only goal of their match in the two-time FIFA World Cup runners-up 1-0 win over Faroe Islands.

    Valerijs Sabala's brace lift Latvia to a 4-0 whitewash over Andorra.

    Sabala finished his UEFA qualifying campaign with three goals.

    Hungary 1:0 (0:0) Faroe Islands
    Lativa 4:0 (2:0) Andorra
    Portugal 2:0 (1:0) Switzerland

    Group H
    2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Greece will advance to the UEFA Second Round after their 4-0 drubbing on Gibraltar to grab second spot from Group H.

    Michael Skibbe's men went past Group F second-place finishers Sloavkia by one point after the win.

    Olympique de Marseille striker Kostas Mitroglou led the way a brace. Mitroglou finished his UEFA First Round with six goals.

    Bologna and Greek captain defender/midfielder Vasilis Torosidis added a headed goal in the 32nd minute and an assist.

    Werder Bremen winger Izet Hajrovic scored a brace that saw 2014 FIFA World Cup finalists Bosnia and Herzegovina edged Estonia 2-1.

    And 1986 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place finishers Belgium complete their UEFA First Round campaign in style with a 4-0 crippling on Cyprus.

    Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard scored a double as Hazard took his UEFA qualifying goal tally to six.

    Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku came off the bench for a banged up Thomas Meunier and scored his 11th goal of UEFA qualifying in the 78th minute.

    Belgium 4:0 (1:0) Cyprus
    Estonia 1:2 (0:0) Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Greece 4:0 (1:0) Gibraltar
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Europe (UEFA)

    UEFA Second Round

    Details

    From FIFA.com and UEFA.com

    The eight teams are revealed in the UEFA Second Round.
    1 B Switzerland 8 7 0 1 18 6 +12 21
    2 G Italy 8 5 2 1 12 8 +4 17
    3 E Denmark 8 4 2 2 13 6 +7 14
    4 I Croatia 8 4 2 2 8 4 +4 14
    5 A Sweden 8 4 1 3 18 9 +9 13
    6 C Northern Ireland 8 4 1 3 10 6 +4 13
    7 H Greece 8 3 4 1 9 5 +4 13
    8 D Republic of Ireland 8 3 4 1 7 5 +2 13

    Draw: October 17, 2017 14:00 CEST (UTC+2) FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland.
    http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=...r-2906954.html

    First Leg: November 9-11, 2017
    Second Leg: November 12-14, 2017

    Notes:
    - Most goals via aggregate wins.
    - Away goals rule applies.
    - If overall aggregate and away goals aggregate both tied, 30-minutes of extra-time (two 15-minute halves) will be played. Again, away goals rule applies.
    - If both overall and away goals aggregate are tied after extra time, a penalty shootout decides the winner.
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Tripper View Post
    Trinidad and Tabago? Wow we suck.
    Not my sport but how could they lose to that team. So men's team missed the Olympics and the World Cup.

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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF)

    CONCACAF Fifth Round

    Group Matchday 10 FT Scores: October 10, 2017

    From FIFA.com and CONCACAF.com

    A stunned Bruce Arena and the 1930 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers the United States miss out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    The Stars and Stripes fell 2-1 on the road to 2006 FIFA World Cup finalists Trinidad and Tobago.

    Pachuca defender Omar Gonzalez gift wrapped a Trinidad lead with an own goal in the 17th minute.

    The Soca Warriors doubled their lead in the 37th minute when W Connection right back Alvin Jones unleashed a laser past Tim Howard.

    Borussia Dortmund playmaker Christian Pulisic kept the Americans in the game with his seventh goal of CONCACAF qualifying in the 47th minute, but Arena and company failed to find the equalizer.

    The U.S. loss allowed Panama to qualify for their first FIFA World Cup after their 2-1 win over 2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Costa Rica inside a wild and crazy Panama City.

    The Ticos grabbed a 1-0 halftime lead however when Minnesota United FC forward Johan Venegas struck home his third goal of CONCACAF qualifying in the 36th minute.

    But Los Canaleros stemmed the tide in the second half.

    Lausanne-Sport forward Gabriel Torres was the catalyst when he assisted on Atletico Bucaramanga midfielder Gabriel Gomez's equalizing header in the 53rd minute.

    However, replays show otherwise.
    https://twitter.com/lopezdoriga/stat...32821188050945

    Seattle Sounders central defender Roman Torres helped Panama get the win with his second goal in CONCACAF qualifying with two minutes sending Estadio Rommel Fernandez into a frenzy.

    Three-time FIFA World Cup finalists Honduras finished fourth in the Hex after edging two-time FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Mexico 3-2 inside San Pedro Sula's Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano.

    Club America forward Oribe Peralta gave El Tri a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.

    Houston Dynamo, on loan from Monterrey, forward Alberth Elis headed in his fourth goal of CONCACAF qualifying in the 34th minute to level the match at 1-1.

    Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela scored his third goal of CONCACAF qualifying to give Mexico a 2-1 halftime lead.

    But it was all Honduras in the second half.

    Guillermo Ochoa giftwrapped Honduras an equalizer in the 54th minute with an own goal as the match was tied at 2-2.

    Houston Dynamo winger Romell Quioto gave Los Catrachos the lead for good with his sixth goal of CONCACAF qualifying.

    Honduras will take on 2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Australia in the two-legged CONCACAF-AFC Inter-confederation play-off in November to see which of the two get a spot in Russia.

    Honduras 3:2 (1:2) Mexico
    Panama 2:1 (0:1) Costa Rica
    Trinidad and Tobago 2:1 (0:0) United States
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - South America (CONMEBOL)

    CONMEBOL Group Stage

    Group Matchday 18 FT Scores: October 10, 2017

    From FIFA.com and CONMEBOL.com

    Five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil ended their CONMEBOL qualifying campaign with an emphatic 3-0 win over the two-time defending CONMEBOL Copa America champions and 1962 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Chile.

    La Roja is eliminated from World Cup qualification.

    FC Barcelona central midfielder Paulinho scored his sixth goal of CONMEBOL qualifying in the 55th minute to give the Selecao a 1-0 lead.

    Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus finished off Chile with a brace in the 57th and 93rd minute off fast breaks. Jesus has six goals in CONMEBOL qualifying.

    Manchester City and Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had five saves in a losing effort.

    Chile's loss allowed bitter rivals and two-time FIFA World Cup champions Argentina to punch their automatic ticket to Russia after FC Barcelona and Argentina captain forward Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to lift his nation to a 3-1 victory over 2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finisher Ecuador.

    Messi finished his CONMEBOL qualifying with seven goals.

    2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Colombia edged out two-time FIFA World Cup Top 8 finishers Peru for an automatic spot after a 1-1 draw in Lima.

    Bayern Munich, on loan from Real Madrid, and Colombian captain playmaker James Rodriguez scored his sixth goal of CONMEBOL qualifying in the 56th minute to give Los Cafeteros a 1-0 lead.

    Flamengo striker Paolo Guerrero scored his sixth goal of CONMEBOL qualifying that became a critical goal for the Incas.

    Both Peru and Chile have 26 points, but Peru finishes fifth and will advance to the two-legged CONMEBOL-OFC Inter-confederation play-offs against OFC qualification winners and three-time FIFA World Cup finalists New Zealand due to a better overall goal differential, +1 to Chile's -1.

    Venezuela eliminated 2010 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Paraguay from World Cup qualification with a 1-0 win.

    New York City, on loan from Manchester City, midfielder Yangel Herrera scored the only goal of the game in the 84th minute.

    Finally, two-time FIFA World Cup champions Uruguay complete the automatic set in CONMEBOL doubling up 1994 FIFA World Cup finalists Bolivia 4-2.

    Independiente defender Gaston Silva had two assists on Uruguay's first two goals in the first half from Martin Caceres and Edinson Cavani, where the Paris Saint-Germain striker scored his 10th in CONMEBOL qualifying.

    Barcelona strike Luis Suarez took over the second half with a double to take his CONMEBOL qualifying tally to five.

    Brazil 3:0 (0:0) Chile
    Ecuador 1:3 (1:2) Argentina
    Paraguay 0:1 (0:0) Venezuela
    Peru 1:1 (0:0) Colombia
    Uruguay 4:2 (2:1) Bolivia
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    Quote Originally Posted by ojo View Post
    The whole system is geared towards upper middle class families: the 'pay to play' crap. Blow.It.All.Up.
    This all the way. Without sponsors etc many children in lower income households are unable to play youth soccer and develop. A big shame considering it's a sport that essentially only requires a ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    Not my sport but how could they lose to that team. So men's team missed the Olympics and the World Cup.
    Not my sport either but I think it's close to the equivalent of the Yankees losing to an Independent league team.
    Baseball is life;
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Tripper View Post
    Not my sport either but I think it's close to the equivalent of the Yankees losing to an Independent league team.
    And all they needed was a tie to get in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Tripper View Post
    Not my sport either but I think it's close to the equivalent of the Yankees losing to an Independent league team.
    Brazil, Germany and Italy are the Yankees. US are like the Padres.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theDurk View Post
    Brazil, Germany and Italy are the Yankees. US are like the Padres.
    I say more like the Brewers for the USMNT than the Padres.
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF)

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    Bruce Arena resigns as United States national team head coach
    https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/201...eam-head-coach

    You have to take the good with the bad.

    The good: 81 wins as USMNT head coach, three CONCACAF Gold Cup titles and the farthest the USMNT went in a modern-era FIFA World Cup with a quarterfinal finish in 2002.

    The bad: not qualifying for Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, ending their seven-straight World Cup appearance streak and heavily relying on the MLS players for the squad.

    Regardless of qualifying or not, Arena had to ride off to the sunset. Even if the USMNT qualified for Russia 2018, I highly doubt they go past the group stages.
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Europe (UEFA)

    UEFA Second Round

    Draw Results: October 17, 2017

    From FIFA.com and UEFA.com

    The UEFA Second Round matchups are set.

    Northern Ireland want to book their first trip to the FIFA World Cup since making the 1958 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals.

    But the North need to get past three-time FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Switzerland.

    Meanwhile, four-time FIFA World Cup champions Italy tangle with 1958 FIFA World Cup runners-up Sweden. Ironically, that was the last World Cup the Azzurri failed to qualify.

    The Republic of Ireland face another two-legged play-off for a FIFA World Cup place. Can they overcome their 2010 heartbreak by getting past 1998 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Denmark.

    Finally, 1998 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Croatia tangle with 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Greece.

    First Leg: November 9-11, 2017
    Second Leg: November 12-14, 2017

    Notes:
    - Most goals via aggregate wins.
    - Away goals rule applies.
    - If overall aggregate and away goals aggregate both tied, 30-minutes of extra-time (two 15-minute halves) will be played. Again, away goals rule applies.
    - If both overall and away goals aggregate are tied after extra time, a penalty shootout decides the winner.

    http://www.uefa.com/european-qualifi...d=2509320.html

    Northern Ireland v Switzerland (9 and 12* November)
    Croatia v Greece (9 and 12 November)
    Sweden v Italy (10 and 13 November)
    Denmark v Republic of Ireland (11 and 14 November)

    *Kick-off at 18:00CET. All other kick-offs 20:45CET.
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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